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Announcements for the weeks of Feb. 23 and March 2

Personal Announcements

Faculty members invite you to 'Topdog/Underdog'

English Professor Christine Fox and Associate Professor Theodore Clement of the Performing Arts Department invite the CCRI community to attend Counter-Productions Theatre Company's upcoming presentation of Suzan-Lori Parks' "Topdog/Underdog," a compelling exploration of broken families and sibling rivalry set against the backdrop of the competitive world of the street hustler. It was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for a distinguished play by an American author.

Counter-Productions Theatre Company is a theatrical organization devoted to providing opportunities to local theater artists, particularly CCRI students and alumni, to present their work in professional settings. "Topdog/Underdog," produced by Fox and directed by Clement, features spoken word artist Rudy "Rudacious" Cabrera and playwright David Valentin, both former CCRI students. CCRI Theatre program graduates Rebecca Mooney and Branigan Duguay are stage manager and lighting designer, respectively.

"Topdog/Underdog" will be presented at AS220's Blackbox Theatre, 95 Empire St., Providence, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27, 28, March 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. on March 1 and 8. Admission costs $20. Tickets may be purchased online.

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New Announcements

Workshop descriptions due for PDD

The 13th annual faculty and staff Professional Development Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 10. The day will feature sessions of personal, professional and academic importance.

A number of faculty and staff members have expressed interest in presenting a session at PDD. Thank you to everyone who has already signed up and completed the workshop description form. For those of you that have not yet submitted the workshop description form, please do so no later than Friday, Feb. 27. The form can be found on the PDD Web page.

Anyone with questions should email co-chairs Michelle O'Brien or Deborah Notarianni-Girard.

Nursing application period extended

The Nursing Department has extended the performance-based Health Sciences Nursing application period until Friday, March 13.

The extended deadline is intended to help students needing to reschedule their HESI admissions assessment tests because of inclement weather.

Please see the Admissions Web page for more information.

Spring scholarships opportunities

Each year, the CCRI Foundation awards scholarships to students to help pay for their education. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of our many donors who believe in giving back. The applications for spring 2015 scholarships are now available online. Visit the Foundation website for complete scholarship listings and information on how to apply.

Reducing stress with yoga

The Psychology Club will hold a yoga presentation at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the rear of the faculty dining room at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. Karen Lee, director at Breathing Time Yoga, will be the presenter. All are invited to attend.

Bible study

Bible Study Club meetings will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the all club room at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

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Events This Week

CCRI Players to stage 'The Language Archive'

The Language Archive The CCRI Players will present "The Language Archive" by Julia Cho from Feb. 28 through March 1. The production, directed by Bert Silverberg, will take place in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. showtimes on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket cost is $10 for general admission and $8 for CCRI students, staff and seniors. Call 825-2219 for reservations or email

CITLA brown bag workshop

What tools do we need to prepare a good lesson plan? Are there any time-saving shortcuts that could help us prepare for class? Learn how to use notebooks to organize and develop your course materials so that you always have the right handout or quiz at your fingertips. Find out how to prepare lesson plans that you can develop and reuse in future semesters. Join Allison N. Petro, professor in the English Department, for "Practical Ideas for Preparing Your Classes," during a CITLA brown bag workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Room 200 at the Newport County Campus. Petro will share techniques that she has learned from other colleagues and developed through trial and error. Participants also will have a chance to share their own tips and pointers on course preparation. The event is open to all CCRI instructors.

Click here to register.

Summer trip to Italy

An informational meeting will be held regarding the summer immersion program in Italy at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, in Room 6008 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

The program is open to students, professionals and community members with an interest in the Italian language and culture. For more information, email Professor Maria Mansella.

Knight Athletics schedule

CCRI AthleticsThe following home matches are scheduled:

Women's basketball

  • 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, vs. Navy Prep

Men's basketball

  • 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, vs. Navy Prep

All home games are played at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Reducing stress with yoga

Writing Center punctuation workshop

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Ongoing News and Events

CITLA spring book clubs

Have you heard about how a growth mindset differs from a fixed mindset and wondered how it might affect your students? Read "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck to learn more. Or would you prefer to immerse yourself in the student perspective? Choose "My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student" by Rebekah Nathan. Visit the CITLA website for more information and to RSVP for a book discussion. If you need a book copy, email Jeanne Mullaney.

Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years

celebrating alumni The Alumni Association will host "Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years" on Thursday, March 26, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. The evening will honor CCRI's 64,000 alumni and awards will be presented to 26 distinguished alumni in a number of categories.

The event will include a cocktail hour, awards program, dinner and cash bar, followed by a performance by Livingston Taylor. WPRI news anchor Mike Montecalvo will serve as the master of ceremonies. Ticket cost is $75 per person. Tables of eight can be purchased for $600 and tables of 10 can be purchased for $750.

Learn more and purchase tickets to the event on the Alumni Association website.

CCRI 5K run/walk

CCRI 5K As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the college will host its first CCRI 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 11, at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The day will include a kids' 1K fun run.

Register online with credit, debit or check. General registration costs $20; for CCRI students with valid student ID, the cost is $10. The kids' 1K fun run registration fee is $5.

Cap and gown orders

The Bookstore is now accepting faculty and staff cap and gown orders. Submit requests to the campus location where you will pick up your cap and gown. The deadline to submit orders is Friday, April 17.

Writing Center offers free services

The CCRI Writing Center offers free services and workshops to CCRI students, faculty and staff members. This includes help with prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising and editing. For services, resources, locations, times of operation and more, visit the Writing Center website.

The Writing Center also is offering Friday afternoon workshops this semester. The workshops will be held from 2 to 2:50 p.m., in Room 6580 at the Knight Campus in Warwick and will cover the following topics:

Feb. 27: Punctuation

March 13: Quotations, Summaries and Paraphrases

March 27: Research Papers - The MLA System

Anyone with any questions should contact Karen Petit, writing center coordinator, via email or at 401-825-2279.

Career and Internship Office spring workshops

CCRI's Career and Internship Offices at the Flanagan, Liston and Newport County campuses will offer career workshops during the spring semester. All workshops are open to students and alumni and instructors are welcome to bring classes. The workshops will take place at noon on all campuses and last approximately 45 minutes.

Locations for the workshops will be the rear of the faculty dining room at the Flanagan Campus and Room 1134 at the Liston Campus on:

  • Tuesday, March 10: Developing the Winning Résumé
  • Tuesday, April 14: Internships - Getting Your Foot in the Door

In Newport, they will be held in Room 200:

  • Wednesday, March 11: Developing the Winning Résumé
  • Wednesday, April 15: Internships - Getting Your Foot in the Door

For more information, visit the Career and Internship Web page.

Exploring gender issues

Interested in gender issues? A new Student Services initiative is looking to explore general gender issues as well as issues specific to women and men. The office is looking to form a group of interested students, faculty and staff to further brainstorm and develop this idea. Individuals and groups interested in being a part of this process or who have questions or comments should email Torrie Lewine.

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Human Resources

Announcement Corner

HR In addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

Spring training opportunities


CCRI's partnership with the Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium provides CCRI employees with the opportunity to attend professional development workshops with colleagues from other Rhode Island higher education institutions. Below is the list of RIHETC's spring workshops.

  • 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 5 - Dealing with Difficult Behaviors
  • 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 18 - Becoming a Strategic Thinker
  • 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 19 - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 31 - Managing the Generations
  • 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 6 - Transitioning through Change
  • 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10 - Project Management 101: Tips, Tools and Techniques
  • 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 23 - Listen Up!
  • 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1 - Write It Right

Visit the Human Resources website for additional program details. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please email Michelle O'Brien so that she may register you and process payment.

Another available resource is online training. Did you know that all faculty and staff have 24/7 access to from anywhere? One of the benefits of using is that you can navigate to the specific section of a course that meets your immediate needs. Most courses are broken down into three- to five-minute segments covering specific topics so you can find help with just what you need quickly.

Logging into is easy. Log on to MyCCRI and select the "For Employees" tab, scroll to the bottom right side to locate the "Employee Resources" box. Log into using the link located here with your domain user name and password.

Managing Performance Expectations Program

The R.I. Department of Administration has developed a program to train managers at all levels of state agencies to identify and communicate performance expectations to their subordinates and to turn those managerial challenges into positive results. For more information about this program, please see the Human Resources website. The next class will be held on Thursday, March 5, at the Department of Administration in Providence. Managers should email Michelle O'Brien to register for this program.

New hires

  • Raymond Ankrom has been hired as a technical professor I in the Engineering and Technology Department at the Knight Campus.
  • Peter Bardsley has been hired as an information services technician I for the Nursing Department at the Knight Campus.

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Last Updated: 2/23/15